There’s no better way of celebrating the soon approaching #LibraryMonth than sharing an empowering story from one of our child beneficiaries.
Akhter is in class seven at Tepi Bari High School and she would like to share her powerful story with you all.
“I used to live in Hawor, one of Bangladesh’s most rural areas. My father was a shopkeeper but after he died my mother and I struggled to survive. One day my mother heard about The Sreepur Village and since 2017 we have been living there.
I have just taken my first semester exam. I want to be a police officer so that I can serve my country well.
When I was in my rural community, I went to Madrasa School. But I always wished I could study in a science school. Thanks to The Sreepur Village my dream has come true, and now I can have a proper education here.
In The Sreepur Village not only do we have great teachers but we also have healthy and nutritious food and clothes, basically everything we need, and more, we get here.
When I was in my community I couldn’t read English. Now I can read and write in English. One day, I hope I will be able to speak English.
I want to work for my country. I always pray for our donors, it’s because of them that I am alive.”
Every library needs good books and a good book needs a good bookmark. So, to help other children like Akhter start a new chapter of their lives, then please purchase a bookmark and for £1 you’ll be helping to change the lives of many more vulnerable children.
In 2018, with the aid of CIPRB and one of their trustees, Becky Horsbrugh, the Sreepur Village started to run swimming lessons in their pond in the village grounds. The lessons, since this date, take place every year during the months of June and July, and are now taught by a number of Sreepur staff who have since been trained to facilitate the programme each year.
Approximately sixty children, aged 6-12, take part each year. They will learn how to swim 25 metres freestyle, tread water or float for 30 seconds as well as perform a rescue from dry
land. As half the number of deaths from drowning occur in 1-5 year olds, having an older child trained in dry-land rescue is pivotal in striving to keep this devastating number down.
It's British Science Week, 11th 20th March, and one of the activities that the Sreepur Village runs is the creation and nurturing of sack gardens.
This is an aspect of the Mothers Talking Everyday Science project and is a particularly important activity because when the mothers return to mainstream society they will be experienced in how to prepare a container in which to grow food plants and how to care for them.